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An Appeal 

TO 

Promote Peace and 
End Strife 



By BISHOP W. A. CANDLER 



Vote for Peace and Prosperity 



It is now known beyond any possible doubt 
that the proposed plan of unification is defeated. 

If every member of the Florida Conference 
voted for it, the result would not be changed. 

But if every member of the Conference voted 
against it, the effect would tend to promote the 
peace, unity and prosperity of our beloved Church. 

Nor would such a vote give reasonable ground 
for offense to any member of our Church who 
has come into it from the Northern Church. 

Many members and ministers in the Methodist 
Episcopal Church are strongly opposed to the 
plan. 

Hundreds have voted against it in the Northern 
Annual Conferences. With the late Bishop 
Thomas B. Neeley they believe it unconstitutional 
and dangerous; and with Bishop J. C. Hartzell 
they regard it as ill-advised and injurious. 

In a recent issue of the Western Christian Ad- 
vocate, of Cincinnati, Ohio, the Editor of that 
excellent paper, Dr. E. C. Wareing, said: 

"It is being claimed that the Church, South, 
is going to defeat the proposal. We cast 
no blame, we express no aspersions, we 
make no indictments. IF WE WERE IN 
THEIR PLACE WE WOULD VOTE 
AGAINST THE ADOPTION OF THIS 
PRESENT PLAN; FOR IT IS NOT 
METHODIST UNIFICATION. It is an 



elaborate proposal for federation and for 
community co-operation; it does not ad- 
vance us toward that position which we in 
Christ, believe should be our Methodist her- 
itage." 

No consideration of conscience should impel 
>ne to vote for "the plan" now known to be 
lefeated. It has never involved at any time a 
natter of conscience; but it has been, and is now, 
i mere measure of expediency to be adjudged 
vise or unwise as each God-fearing Methodist 
night consider it. 

It may be a matter of serious conviction, how- 
iver, whether one should vote to promote the 
mity of our Church rather than to perpetuate 
:ontention and strife. The preservation of such 
mity among ourselves is more important than 
lupporting with a futile vote a defeated plan 
vhich has engendered division and disquietude 
hroughout the Church. 

Now let peace prevail and prosperity abound 
as in former days! And let brotherly love con- 
tinue throughout our great Church everywhere!